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Company assessment: Siat Group – November 2019

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Total: 57.2% 65.25 / 114
  • Organisation: 16.5 / 27 61.1%
  • Policy: 36.5 / 47 77.7%
  • Practice: 12.3 / 40 30.6%
  • Self-reported: 9.3 / 40 23.1%
  • External: 3 / 40 7.5%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    7 / 10 70%
    • Organisation: 4 / 5 80%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 3 0%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      1. Sustainable natural rubber policy or commitment for all its operations?

      The company has an environmental policy and human resources and health and safety policies that cover social issues

    • Y
      1 / 1

      2. Sustainability natural rubber policy or commitment applies to all sourcing excluding smallholders?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Group Sustainability Manager

    • Y
      1 / 1

      4. One or more members within the board of the company have responsibility for sustainability?

      Audit and Compliance Committee

    • N
      0 / 1

      5. Percentage or number of women board members?

      2 (40%) - The company lists the names of the board members however this information is undated

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women in senior management team?

      17%

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      7. Member of multiple industry schemes or other external initiatives to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with natural rubber production?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      8. Collaboration with stakeholders to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with natural rubber production?

      The company has a partnership with IDH by joining the Initiative of Sustainable Landscapes programme. It also partnered with the Gabonese government on a youth education programme

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      2,018

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      10. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    6.5 / 10 65%
    • Organisation: 5.5 / 9 61.1%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 0 / 0 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 0 0%
    • External: 0 / 0 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      11. Lists countries and operations?

      Ivory Coast, Cambodia, Gabon (plantations, processing), Nigeria, Ghana (plantations)

    • Y
      1 / 1

      12. Total land area managed/controlled for natural rubber (ha)?

      222,172

    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Total natural rubber planted area (ha)?

      23,999

    • 14. Scheme smallholders/outgrowers planted area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source from scheme smallholders/outgrowers

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      15. Unplanted (areas designated for future planting) (ha)?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      16. Conservation set-aside area, including HCV area (ha)?

      20,246

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Number of company owned natural rubber processing facilities?

      3

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      19. Names and coordinates of company owned natural rubber processing facilities?

      The company provides the names of the facilities

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      20. Management plans for natural rubber production are available for all estates/management units?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Commitment to traceability of the whole supply chain?

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    6.25 / 10 62.5%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 2.3 / 4 56.3%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 4 31.3%
    • External: 1 / 4 25%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      23. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems applies to all sourcing excluding smallholders?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      24. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The company provides information on monitoring deforestation. However this information is over two years old

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      25. Amount of illegal/non-complaint deforestation recorded in own operations?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      26. Implementing a landscape or juridictional level approach?

      The company actively participates in a Public-Private Partnership landscape project in Ivory Coast, the Cocoa-Forests Initiative. Although this project focuses mainly on cocoa it also involves other commodity productions in the landscape including the company's rubber operations

    • Y
      1 / 1

      27. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      28. Identified species of conservation concern, referencing international or national system of species classification?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      29. Examples of species and/or habitat conservation management?

      The company provides multiple examples of species and habitat conservation

    • Y
      1 / 1

      30. Commitment to protect areas from illegal activities?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      31. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    4 / 6 66.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3 / 3 100%
    • Practice: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 3 0%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      32. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      33. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

      The company only publishes HCV assessments for its palm oil operations and states that HCV studies will be undertaken for rubber if there will be new development

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      34. High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans available?

      The company only publishes HCV management and monitoring plans for its palm oil operations and states that HCV studies will be undertaken for rubber if there will be new development

    • Y
      1 / 1

      35. Commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      36. Commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs)?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      37. Social and environmental impact assessment (SEIAs) undertaken, and associated management and monitoring plans?

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions
    6 / 12 50%
    • Organisation: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Policy: 3 / 5 60%
    • Practice: 1 / 4 25%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 4 25%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • 38. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't have landbank on peat

    • 39. Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't have landbank on peat

    • 40. Implementation of commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't have landbank on peat

    • Y
      1 / 1

      41. Commitment to best management practices for soils and peat?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      42. Evidence of best management practices for soils and peat?

      The company provides examples of best soil management practices however this information is over two years old

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      43. Commitment to best/sustainable tapping practices?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      44. Evidence of best/sustainable tapping practices?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      45. Commitment to zero burning?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      46. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      The company only provides examples of fire management activities

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      47. Details/number of hotspots/fires in company estates/management units?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      48. Time-bound commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity?

      The company has a general commitment to reduce overall GHG emissions

    • Y
      1 / 1

      49. GHG emissions intensity?

      0.1 - Figure represents GHG emission intensity for natural rubber factories

    • Y
      1 / 1

      50. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

      Company reports GHG emission intensity figures from land use change in two metrics: 8 tCO2/ha and 15.71 tCO2/t rubber

    • Y
      1 / 1

      51. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      Modified PalmGHG tool

    • N
      0 / 1

      52. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company only started measuring GHG emissions for its natural rubber operations in 2018 and 2019 figures are not yet available

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    6.5 / 17 38.2%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • Policy: 4 / 6 66.7%
    • Practice: 2 / 9 22.2%
    • Self-reported: 2 / 9 22.2%
    • External: 0 / 9 0%
    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      53. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality (BOD and COD)?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      54. Progress towards commitment on water quality (BOD and COD)?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      55. Treatment of effluents from processing facilities?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      56. Percentage of processing facilities with closed-loop water treatment system (100%)?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      57. Time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      58. Water use intensity?

      The company reports water use intensity figures for two out of three natural rubber factories which are 13m3/t rubber for Gabon and 15m3/t rubber for Ivory Coast

    • N
      0 / 1

      59. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports water use intensity figures however water use is not clearly improving

    • Y
      1 / 1

      60. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      61. Implementation of commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company provides evidence that waterways are protected by buffer zones

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      62. Reducing odours from natural rubber processing facilities?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      63. Commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      64. Commitment to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      65. Commitment to no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      66. Implementation of commitment to reduce chemical usage?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      67. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      The company commits to IPM however no evidence found on implementation

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      68. Chemical usage per ha or list of chemicals used?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      69. Waste management system in place to avoid negative impacts?

      The company recycles industrial waste

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    21.75 / 29 75%
    • Organisation: 3.5 / 5 70%
    • Policy: 14.5 / 17 85.3%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 7 53.6%
    • Self-reported: 3.8 / 7 53.6%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      70. Commitment to human rights?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      71. Commitment to human rights applies to all sourcing excluding smallholders?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      72. Commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      73. Commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      74. Commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      75. FPIC commitment applies to all sourcing excluding smallholders?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      76. Details on Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process available?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      77. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company provides examples of local community engagement activities

    • Y
      1 / 1

      78. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      79. Commitment to support the inclusion of women across natural rubber operations, including addressing barriers faced?

      The company provides an example but no commitment found

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      80. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      81. Progress on commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company provides multiple examples including an integrated rubber and food crop project and livestock farming

    • Y
      1 / 1

      82. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      83. Progress on commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company provides multiple examples including medical facilities, roads, electricity, churces and education

    • Y
      1 / 1

      84. Commitment to provide business/work opportunities for local communities?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      85. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      86. Commitment to Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      87. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment and occupation?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      17,527 (88.8%)

    • Y
      1 / 1

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      26%

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      90. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      91. Progress on commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      92. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      93. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      94. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      14.8 - Lost Time Injury Frequency

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      95. Reduction of time lost due to work-based injuries?

      The company reports a reduction in Lost Time Injury Frequency from 17.7 (2017) to 14.8 (2018)

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      96. Number of fatalities as a result of work-based accidents?

      The company provides a combined figure for serious injuries and fatalities. Number of fatalities is unclear

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      97. Zero fatalities as a result of work-based accidents?

      The company provides a combined figure for serious injuries and fatalities and target has not been met. Number of fatalities is unclear

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      98. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company states it provides PPE and related training

  • Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives
    2.5 / 5 50%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 0.5 / 3 16.7%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 3 16.7%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      99. Member of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR)?

    • Y
      1 / 1
      No source

      100. Submitted self-declaration form for the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i)?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      101. Commitment to become 100% certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme?

      The company commits to be ISO 14001 certified but unclear if the target is 100%

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. Certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme?

      The company is ISO 14001 certified

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      103. Percentage area (ha) FSC certified?

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    1 / 10 10%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 4 25%
    • Practice: 0 / 5 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 5 0%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      104. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company only states it sustains smallholders

    • 105. Programme to support scheme smallholders / outgrowers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source from scheme smallholders/outgrowers

    • 106. Percentage of scheme smallholders / outgrowers involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source from scheme smallholders/outgrowers

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      107. Programme to support independent smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      108. Percentage of independent smallholders involved in programme?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      109. Percentage of supply from smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      110. Percentage of supply coming from agroforestry?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      111. Process used to prioritise, assess and/or engage non-smallholder suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      112. Number or percentage of non-smallholder suppliers assessed and/or engaged on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      113. Suspension or exclusion criteria for non-smallholder suppliers?

      The company only mentions it does not engage in business with partners who "resort to using child labour" however no further details or criteria given

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      114. Process used to engage smallholder suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      115. Number or percentage of smallholder suppliers engaged on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    3.75 / 5 75%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3 / 3 100%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      116. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      117. Progress on commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company provides information on how its implementing anti-bribery and corruption policies

    • Y
      1 / 1

      118. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      119. Own grievance or complaints system open to all stakeholders?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      120. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

Media monitor: Siat Group

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Scoring criteria: Siat Group

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